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Little Zayden Montero was found in the care of a family member in the Bronx.
By Michael V. Cusenza
A 1-year-old Ozone Park boy was found safe and sound last Thursday with a family member in the Bronx after being officially declared missing for nearly a week.
According to police reports, Zayden Montero was last seen on Friday, June 16, around 10 a.m. at his residence in the temporary care of his biological aunt, Darlene Melo. On Sunday, Melo was court-ordered to surrender Zayden to the New York Foundling Foster Care. On Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., a member of the foster care facility was scheduled to take custody of Zayden from Darlene Melo at her residence on Albert Road, but she fled the location and did not surrender the child, cops said.
According to court records, Melo was arraigned last Friday on a criminal complaint charging her with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, and second-degree criminal contempt. She was released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to court in September.